Dave was a top producer in every company he worked for during his sales career. On January 15, 2009, he was on a business trip that he had made hundreds of times. Like all of us when we travel, especially on business, things are often routine and taken for granted. However, this day was different and became one that changed the lives of many when a bird-strike hit US Airways Flight 1549. There was no choice for the pilot but to land the plane into the Hudson River. Sitting on the plane, in what many would consider to be the wrong place at the wrong time, Dave knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be on that day.
Thinking only of helping others in the crisis, Dave was the last person off of the plane that day and largely responsible for making sure so many others made it out safely. Exposed to frigid water and freezing temperatures, doctors feared that he would suffer a heart attack or stroke from the dangerous conditions. Miraculously, though, he returned to his job the following week and is now recognized as an everyday American Hero. When confronting potential tragedy, he remembered the words of his mother, "If you can't do it, you must do it." He summoned his inner strength to persevere when his own life was put in jeopardy.
In what has become known as "The Miracle on the Hudson," Dave shares his lessons of that day with audiences around the world and explains how leadership, resourcefulness and managing the mind in a crisis can allow anyone to step up and overcome his or her own "personal plane crash."